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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
'85 Bills, '74 Steelers showdown in draft finals


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The 1985 Buffalo Bills barely made it, but they will face the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers in the SportsNation NFL draft class tournament to determine the finest of all-time.

The third-seeded Bills edged out the second-seeded 1975 Dallas Cowboys by a meager 42 votes in what had been a dead heat.

The championship will be much more difficult for the '85 Bills, who feature defensive end Bruce Smith, receiver Andre Reed and quarterback Frank Reich.

Not bad, but the '74 Steelers produced four Pro Football Hall of Famers: Receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, center Mike Webster and linebacker Jack Lambert.

Although the results were closer than one might think, the top-seeded Steelers comfortably defeated the fifth-seeded 1981 San Francisco 49ers. The Steelers finished with 57 percent of the vote.

The Steelers knocked off Dan Marino's eighth-seeded 1983 Miami Dolphins this week in the quarterfinals.

ESPN Stats & Information ranked the top draft class from each of the 32 clubs and seeded them into a five-round bracket to determine the best of all-time. SportsNation visitors are voting for the winners of each matchup.